Galloway, Jim, 1936-2014

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Galloway, Jim, 1936-2014

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James Braidie "Jim" Galloway (28 July 1936 – 30 December 2014) was a Scottish-Canadian Jazz musician, composer, radio host, educator, and co-founder and artistic director of the Toronto Jazz Festival (previously known at the DuMaurier Downtown Jazz Festival). Galloway was born in Kilwinning, Ayrshire and grew up in Dalry, Scotland. He attended Dalry High School from 1948 to 1954 before moving to Glasgow to study Commercial and Graphic Art at the Glasgow School of Art. He graduated in 1958 and subsequently attended the Glasgow Provincial Teacher Training College, before accepting a teaching position at the Strathbungo Senior Secondary School from 1959 to 1964. While in Glasgow, Galloway began playing Jazz - first clarinet and then saxophone - with Alex Dagleish’s Scottish All Stars and then with his own Jazzmakers. In 1964, Galloway emigrated to Canada, where he quickly became an active member of the local Toronto Jazz scene. He served as a booking agent for a number of prominent Toronto Jazz clubs - including the Cafe des Copains (later the Montreal Bistro) and the Bourbon St. Room. He also established himself as an accomplished performing saxophonist. In addition to playing with well-known members of the international Jazz scene - including Jay McShann and Wild Bill Davison - Galloway played in and then led The Metro Stompers Jazz band and his popular Wee Big Band, as well as a number of other musical projects. He toured extensively on the international circuit, playing in festivals across Europe and North America, notably the Montreux, Bern and Edinburgh Jazz Festivals. From 1981 to 1987, Galloway hosted a live Jazz radio show , Toronto Alive, broadcast on Toronto-based radio station CKFM from the Trader’s Lounge at the Sheraton Centre. He was co-founder of the DuMaurier Downtown Jazz Festival (now the TD Toronto Jazz Festival) and its Artistic Director from 1987 to 2009. Galloway’s 1979 Jazz album, Walking on Air, was nominated for a Juno in 1980. He was named a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Republic of France in 2002.


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VIAF ID: 18570028 (Personal)

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